Shem Oirere

Shem Oirere

Contributing Editor

Shem Oirere is a Kenyan journalist who previously worked for daily newspapers as a general news correspondent, business reporter and sub-editor before turning to full-time freelancing. For the more than 20 years, he has covered various sectors of Africa’s economy including agriculture, food processing, and maritime industries. A graduate of the University of South Africa, he has traveled within and outside Africa covering various industry events that have a bearing on the continent’s economy on behalf of different international consumer and trade publications. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Published on
February 23, 2021

South Africa Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has approached the country’s high court to have the process of awarding fishing rights to small-scale fishers in the fishing hub of Western Cape reviewed and set aside.

The decision is based on legal advice after an internal audit process the fisheries department launched in 2019 found the process has been “wholly inadequate.” Some of the errors exposed during the audit

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February 22, 2021

The world’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified hake trawl fishery has celebrated 16 years under the status, with increasing demand for its marine catch in niche markets in Europe, North America, and Australia that prefer traceable seafood products. 

South Africa’s hake trawl fishery was recertified on February 12, 2021, after a fourth successful assessment confirming the fishery’s healthy stock, minimal

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February 18, 2021

An increasing global demand for alternative sources of animal protein and a growing appreciation of the nutritional value of seafood are the two key factors likely to drive higher tilapia consumption globally, according to a report by market analyst Fact.MR.

The report “Tilapia Market, Forecast, Trend, Analysis and Competition Tracking – Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031,” claims there is a global shift toward

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February 10, 2021

The global effort to harness the potential of small-scale fisheries to achieve sustainable food systems and eliminate poverty has led to the launch of the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub (SSF Hub) by a global coalition involved in various operations along the entire seafood value chain.

“The SSF Hub is a multilingual, interactive online platform to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and community

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February 8, 2021

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) will maintain the status quo for the current yellowfin tuna conservation measures, barely three months after the organization had scheduled an emergency meeting for March 2021 to review its conservation plan.

In November 2020, the IOTC said its March 2021 meeting would focus on emerging trends of overfishing of yellowfin tuna, which delayed the stock's rebuilding plan. However, advice issued 29

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January 29, 2021

A new project is underway in East Africa that could reverse declines in Nile perch and tilapia in Lake Victoria and revamp the fishery’s aquaculture production systems, opening opportunity for access to bigger regional and international seafood markets.

The European Union-financed East African Community (EAC) project for promoting aquaculture in the Lake Victoria Basin, dubbed TRUE-FISH, entails supporting the growth of regional and

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January 25, 2021

Demand for seafood products in the Middle East and Africa has been rising steadily, a trend that is likely to persist through 2027, according to a new report from Insight Partners, a venture capital and research firm based in New York City, U.S.A.

The report, “Middle East and Africa Seafood Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis,” found the value of the seafood market in the two regions is projected to grow

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January 22, 2021

Seychelles has announced it will demarcate a special fish processing zone as part of the island nation’s effort to ease procurement of seafood from its fisheries, supporting the performance of its industrial and small-scale fisheries and aquaculture subsector …

Photo courtesy of the Seychelles Department of

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January 14, 2021

Nigeria’s artisanal fishing industry – which generates up to 80 percent of the country’s total fish output estimated at more than one million metric tons – has received a major boost after the regional Lagos State government signed a partnership deal with Ecobank Nigeria Plc.

The partnership, signed in mid-December 2020, focuses on revamping the fisheries value chain in Lagos State with artisanal fishers, including youth

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January 11, 2021

Plans by Zambia and Uganda to scale up their aquaculture production volumes have received a major boost after Africa’s biggest aquaculture firm, FirstWave Group, signed an agreement with genetics and breeding company Xelect Genetics to develop high-performance tilapia breeds in the two countries …

Photo courtesy of FirstWave

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